[ spin-ee ]
/ ˈspɪn i /

noun, plural spin·neys. British.

a small wood or thicket.

Origin of spinney

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French espinei (masculine), espinaie (feminine) a place full of thorns, derivative of espine spine; compare Late Latin spīnētum difficulty, equivalent to Latin spīn(a) thorn (see spine) + -ētum noun suffix (see arboretum)
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/ (ˈspɪnɪ) /


mainly British a small wood or copse

Word Origin for spinney

C16: from Old French espinei, from espine thorn, from Latin spīna
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